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Friday 04 Apr 2008: UK tax year
In the UK, the tax year for income tax runs from the 6th of April to the 5th April. This is a remnant of the days when the New Year started on the 25th of March (see FFF of 31-12-2004). Not wanting to miss out on 11 days when switching from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar, the authorities moved the start of the tax year to 5 April and in 1800 to 6 April when a Julian leap year was "skipped" under the new Calendar. Ireland changed the same practice in 2001 when it aligned its tax year with the calendar year.

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